Renault has revealed the latest details of its new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo.
The Clio IV Renaultsport 200 Turbo — which bears a five-door bodyshell — employs the new Renaultsport-developed 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, as well as its performance arm's first EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission.
The combination of the 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine and twin-clutch six-speed gearbox is unique to New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo. This engine is good for 147kW and 240Nm.
The new Clio RS is 36kg lighter than its predecessor, and can hit 100km/h from standstill in just 6.7 seconds. According to Renault, t can cover 1000 metres in 27.1 seconds from a standing start and is capable of reaching a top speed of 230km/h.
"Our target was to maximise the full potential of the direct-injection engine mated to the twin-clutch transmission. Beyond mere cutting-edge performance, though, we worked hard to ensure the car was pleasant to drive and provided good feedback. Its three modes (Normal, Sport and Race) correspond with the requirements of any driver, including the most sporting. This is a new technology for our customers, accessible, practical and clearly identifiable," says Renaud Hant, Powertrain Driveability Leader, Renault Sport Technologies.
At the heart of Renaultsport’s expertise, engineers have focused on the chassis performance. Their goal was to improve the comfort, handling, road holding and braking expected of a Renaultsport model.
"We wanted to give new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo everything a driver might expect from a hot hatch: minimal body roll, huge straight-line and cornering potential, responsive steering and high levels of comfort that reflect the car's versatility," says Philippe Mérimée, Chief Chassis Dynamics Engineer, Renault Sport Technologies.
The rear suspension's anti-roll bar is 10 percent stiffer than that on Clio III Renaultsport and 60 percent more so than that on new Clio IV.
A patented electronic differential helps to improve accelerative performance and cornering grip, and also limits the onset of understeer.
The new Clio RS will be available with a choice of two chassis. The optional Cup chassis is tailored for top performance: it is 3mm lower, 15 percent stiffer and benefits from a quicker steering rack.
The engine noise of the new Clio RS is amplified mechanically by a membrane and transmitted via a pipe into the cabin.
According to Renault, the Clio RS will use just 6.3 litres per 100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 144g per kilometre. Compared with the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet of the previous generation, this represents a saving of almost 25 percent.